Columbus Underground Presents Best Bites Barbecue


The restaurants known as Barrel & Boar have been called many things in their long history in Columbus. The company began as Yoho’s in the 1980s — one of the first commercial BBQ restaurants in the city — before a rebranding to Holy Smoke nearly twenty years later. As Holy Smoke expanded and the concept evolved over the past several years, a new brand and new name grew out of the business, which is now known as Barrel & Boar.

One thing that hasn’t changed is their commitment to barbecue, which will be on full display at the Best Bites: Barbecue festival on Thursday, June 23rd. The team at Barrel & Boar will be showcasing their spicy maple pork served atop grits at the event, bringing a southern influence to the party.

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Best Bites: Barbecue will take place on Thursday, June 23rd and will feature samples from restaurants, food trucks and catering companies that offer the best Barbecue in Columbus, along with local beer from , and music and entertainment as well. The event will take place at The Boat House at Confluence Park, offering some of the best views of the Columbus skyline.

Other participating restaurants include City BarbequeLand Yacht BBQRay Ray’s Hog PitOldskoolCBC RestaurantPaddy WagonMilestone 229, , House of BBQ & BluesThe Boat House RestaurantAloha StreateryKDB EastonOld Bill Bailey’sSweet Carrot and Hoggy’s.

Guests can purchase tickets to attend the event from 5:30pm-7:30pm or from 8pm-10pm. Advance tickets to the event are $35, tickets are expected to sell out in advance, and a portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to CelebrateOne, an organization that helps fight infant mortality in Central Ohio. The Columbus Underground Best Bites event series have collectively raised over $16,000 for local charities since August 2014, with a goal of raising $20,000 for local charities in 2016.

Best Bites: Barbecue is brought to you with support from  and .

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to Best Bites: Barbecue!

Stan Riley

Barrel & Boar, 5251 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43230, United States